Internationally renowned sculptor Mark diSuvero was born in Shanghai, China in 1933 to Italian expatriates. He immigrated to San Francisco, California in 1941 with his family. From 1953 to 1957, he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara to study Philosophy. He later moved to New York City where surrounded by an explosion of Abstract Expressionism he focused all his attention on sculpture. While working in construction, he was critically injured in an elevator accident, was paraplegic in a wheelchair for years and was told he would never walk again. While in rehabilitation, not only did he learn to walk, he went on to work with an arc welder. His early works were large outdoor pieces that incorporated wooden timbers from demolition buildings, tires, scrap metal and structural steel. This exploration has transformed over time into a focus on H-beams and heavy steel plates. He prides himself on his hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of his work.
DiSuvero became a pioneer in the use of steel and pioneered the use of a crane as a sculptor's working tool. He is without peer in the exhibition of public sculpture worldwide. Mark diSuvero’s architectural-scale sculptures - many with moving elements that invite viewer participation - have been exhibited in the United States, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. DiSuvero was the first living artist to exhibit in Les Jardin de Tuilleries and Les Esplanades des Invalides in Paris and Millennium Park in Chicago. A number of his works can be seen on permanent loan at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. His work is included in over 100 museum and public collections. His distinctive, large bold pieces can be found all over the world. DiSuvero also created a studio on a river barge in Chalon-sur-Saône France from 1972 to 1989, which he later transformed into a foundation.
In addition to his own work, diSuvero’s passion and commitment to emerging artists is undeniable through the Athena Foundation and the Socrates Sculpture Park. Di Suvero has received the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center and, in 2005, the 11th Annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities for his commitment to aspiring artists. In 2010, diSuvero was a recipient of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal as well as the National Medal of the Arts. In 2013, di Suvero received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for sculpture.
Mark di Suvero currently lives in New York City with his second wife and daughter. He has two working studios, an open air fabrication facility in Petaluma, California since 1975 and a former brickyard on the edge of the East River in Long Island City, Queens, New York since 1980.
He most recently published a book, titled Dreambook, a compilation of pictures of sculptures, poems, and ideas. The vibrant colors in it are reflected in the bright colors he always wears.